Itron app teaches key concepts about water and energy
Forthcoming educational app and company recognized by White House for pledging to improve STEM curriculum.
LIBERTY LAKE, WA., March 28, 2016 — Itron, Inc., a world-leading technology and services company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water, and Disco Learning Media, a full service creative agency and educational consulting firm, announced that on Tuesday, March 22, the White House Water Summit recognized Itron’s partnership with University of Texas professor Michael E. Webber, an expert on the water-energy nexus, to create and distribute an interactive STEM app that teaches key concepts about water and energy for K-12, colleges, industry and the general public. Itron understands the critical needs for developing the STEM workforce of the future and knows that the challenges and opportunities of the water-energy nexus lack public awareness.
The goal of these tools is to improve water and energy literacy, encourage conservation and resourcefulness, and inspire the next generation of innovators. This curriculum will combine text with multimedia components such as audio and video, along with dozens of interactive exercises, maps, and games. Working with community partners nationwide, Itron will make the app-based curriculum available free of charge with a goal of reaching at least 10,000 students in 2016, with plans to expand globally in 2017. Disco Learning Media will build the app and enable distribution across a variety of different platforms.
Itron is a world-leading technology and services company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water. We provide comprehensive solutions that measure, manage and analyze energy and water. Our broad product portfolio includes electricity, gas, water and thermal energy measurement devices and control technology; communications systems; software; as well as managed and consulting services. With thousands of employees supporting nearly 8,000 customers in more than 100 countries, Itron applies knowledge and technology to better manage energy and water resources. Together, we can create a more resourceful world. Join us: www.itron.com. Itron® is a registered trademark of Itron, Inc.
About Disco Learning Media
Disco Learning Media is a full service creative agency and educational consulting firm with a mission to enhance learning experiences using integrated data and design. www.getdis.co
About Michael E. Webber
Michael E. Webber, author of Thirst for Power, trains the next generation of energy leaders as a professor at the University of Texas at Austin. www.webberenergygroup.com